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Biden transition team’s media leader sees ‘DESIGN FLAW’ in First Amendment, advocates law against ‘hate speech’

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RT | November 14, 2020

Richard Stengel, the point man on state-owned media for Joe Biden’s transition team, has said protection of hateful speech that can provoke violence is a “design flaw” in the Constitution and should be fixed with “new guardrails.”

Stengel, a former MSNBC contributor, is transition team leader for the US agency for Global Media, which includes broadcasters Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. He’s likely to head the agency if Biden becomes president in January. Ironically, that means Washington’s foreign propaganda outlets, which traditionally have promoted America’s founding principles, would be overseen by a man with restrictive views on the most fundamental of those tenets – freedom of speech.

“All speech is not equal,” Stengel wrote last year in an op-ed published by the Washington Post. “And where truth cannot drive out lies, we must add new guardrails. I’m all for protecting thought that we hate, but not speech that incites hate.”

Stengel gave the example of “sophisticated Arab diplomats” who had questioned why constitutional rights would allow a US citizen to burn a copy of the Koran. “It’s a fair question,” he said. “Yes, the First Amendment protects the thought that we hate, but it should not protect hateful speech that can cause violence by one group against another. In an age when everyone has a megaphone, that seems like a design flaw.”

Another example that Stengel cited was alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. “Our foremost liberty protects any bad actors who hide behind it to weaken our society,” he wrote. “Russian agents assumed fake identities, promulgated false narratives and spread lies on Twitter and Facebook – all protected by the First Amendment.”

Stengel added that it’s time to consider hate-speech laws, like those enacted by other countries to discourage incitement of racial and religious tensions after World War II. He argued that mass shooters Dylann Roof and Omar Mateen were consumers of hate speech, which created a climate that made their heinous crimes more likely.

Stengel, formerly editor of Time magazine, was a US State Department undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs in the Obama-Biden administration. He referred to his former State Department role as “chief propagandist.”

“I’m not against propaganda,” Stengel reportedly told the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018. “Every country does it, and they have to do it to their own population. And I don’t necessarily think that’s awful.”

November 14, 2020 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance | ,


  1. Stengel is just another “Red Sea Pedestrian” who now has a very powerful position within the American Government………Take your country back, America……

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | November 14, 2020 | Reply

  2. I’m not sophisticated enough to assess the upsides and downsides of this guy’s mindset and intentions. What I am sure is that the Zionists will do all in their vast power to get him to buy into any “guardrail” that they can erect to make *any* criticism of their satanic ideology or its “holy” land platform or its chokehold on US policy/programs come under the rubric of “hate speech provoking violence.”

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    Comment by roberthstiver | November 15, 2020 | Reply

  3. All the hate speech laws and proposed hate speech laws are all in preparation for the second coming of Christ. When Christ, the salvation of human kind reappears in the flesh, it is Jews like Stengel who want him to be arrested and silenced the second he opens his mouth.

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    Comment by Robert Browning | November 15, 2020 | Reply

    • “Like!” (The Jews first silenced (tried to silence) Jesus on the cross 2,000-plus years ago…. Now, of course, everyone is coerced into bleating “It wasn’t the Jews; it was the Romans….” but who screamed and demanded “Kill him! Kill him!”?)


      Comment by roberthstiver | November 15, 2020 | Reply

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